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- September 25, 2021
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Although I’ve had this book for a year or so, I’ve yet to read it. Although I’m not a fan of the books (they have a tendency to be overly technical, and the plot is a mess), I love the author, J.G. Ballard. I’ve read The Kite Runner and The Zero Sum Game, and have just recently finished “The Woman in the Window”.
I think the books are all very good, and I think the author has done a great job of writing and capturing the spirit of the times. You won’t find a story as engaging as The Woman in the Window, but if you’re willing to be a bit off-kilter, you can have a great trip. I think it would be a shame to just give up and wait for the next book from this author.
The Woman in the Window is pretty amazing. It is a story about a woman who has a very dark secret, and is trying to find the one thing that will make her whole life whole again. Ballard captures the feeling of the times perfectly. I think you might enjoy it more than any other Ballard work. It can be difficult to tell what is real, but when you get to the end you will recognize the magic that Ballard conjures.
I don’t think the Woman in the Window is a very well-known Ballard story. I think people who have read it know it is only a few pages long, but it is truly a masterpiece. I think you might enjoy it even more than any other Ballard work. It can be difficult to tell what is real, but when you get to the end you will recognize the magic that Ballard conjures.
I have read that the first half of Woman in Window is a sort of semi-autobiographical story. In that, the narrator, Mary, has a vision of an old woman (I forget which one) whom she follows on a rainy night to her home. The old woman tells her that she is coming to visit her son, and that she will never get to see him again. Mary goes to the old woman’s house and finds nothing there.
The story is a bit more complicated than that. Ballard’s narrator is not Mary, but her grandmother. Her grandmother, in the second half, is a woman who has recently died, and is now living in the home the narrator and her grandmother once shared. The narrator also has the ability to change her appearance at will (and apparently she can change into a zombie at will too. I’m not sure if that is supposed to be more of a trick, or a literal thing, but whatever.
The story begins with Mary running down the street for her grandmother while she is still on her deathbed, not realizing she has no memory of what she was doing. This is a somewhat humorous scene in and of itself, but as the story progresses, the story becomes serious. A few events occur later that lead the two ladies to realize what has happened. The narrator finds her grandmother, but the grandmother is now actually Mary, but the narrator has become her.
The story does, however, take place in the present day, and Mary and Mary’s grandmother are currently in an unspecified location. There’s a lot of exposition and exposition, so don’t expect the story to be that short.
After a few seconds of listening to the story, the narrator and Mary both realize that the situation they are in is the same one they experienced a year ago. In the present day, Mary has become Mary, but this time she has discovered that she was not truly a teenager, but still has a lot to do with her time on Deathloop.